Why arquebus

The Arquebus is a shoulder-fired firearm that was
developed in the 1400’s and is the forerunner of the modern rifle.
It completely revolutionised warfare as it made its counterpart
the crossbow obsolete.

Compared to archery where it took many years of training
to produce an effective archer, the Arquebus could be used after minimal training, which meant that many soldiers could be trained
to use the Arquebus in the same time that it took to train
a single skilled archer.

The Arquebus was widely used across Europe and in parts of Asia, but its importance can probably be best illustrated by its use during the battle of Pavia between France and Spain in Italy in 1525. Facing overwhelming opposition, the Spanish deployed 3000 Arquebus shooters to kill over 8000 knights on horseback. This defeat marked the swan song of warfare being dominated by armoured knights and ended the age of chivalry.

Although the Arquebus was indeed a huge advance in technology its usefulness was initially inhibited, as it was not effective for long range sniping. However, it was by developing the tactic of using it by massed ranks of soldiers in an organised manner that allowed its full potential to be realised.


The Arquebus was a revolutionary weapon which combined with innovative tactics and technical superiority allowed the Spanish to destroy the once great Aztec empire in Colonial Latin America, making all other weapons obsolete and becoming the weapon of choice for 150 years.


Arquebus supports clients across the globe in tackling firearms crime and trafficking, as such the Arquebus team is not unfamiliar with airport lounges.  Although travel is an essential part of what we do, we never lose sight of the environmental impact our extensive travel regime has on our ever more fragile planet.


That’s why we always try to offset the carbon emissions related to our shipping and freight activities via delivery partners when possible.


The impact of human activity on the environment is something that Arquebus believes must be actively considered and managed by all.  Therefore, Arquebus is committed to behaving in an environmentally aware and considered manner across all of its business activities.